Today is Career Day at my children’s elementary school so they are supposed to dress as what they want to be when they grow up. I have a photographer, a lawyer and a chef in the house.
Remember when we were young and the world was our oyster? When anything was possible?
We thought we might go to the moon or run our own restaurant or have a daycare for dogs.
But it’s never too late to do what we dream about in our heart. Vera Wang became a designer at age 40. Martha Stewart became well-known after she wrote a book at age 41. Charles Darwin wrote his book On the Origin of the Species at age 50. Julia Child wrote her book at age 39 and did her first television show at age 51. Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame started the company in his late 60s and found success after more than 1000 rejections.
Talk about needing some grit to get things done. In order to follow your heart you have to be willing to fail. To be rejected. To doubt yourself. But the one thing you have to keep doing is walking toward your goal.
As American abolitionist Harriet Tubman once said, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Who knows what my kids will become when they grow up? The only thing they need to know is that they can be anything they want. The rest will take care of itself.